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Eczema on the neck and nape of the neck

We don't think about it as often, but the neck and nape of the neck are areas that can be affected by eczema. This is a particularly visible part of the human body, but is rarely affected by isolated cases of eczema.

NECK AND NAPE OF THE NECK

The neck can be compared to a set of skin folds and is therefore one of the areas particularly affected by eczema during childhood. During adulthood, a specific form of eczema affects both the face and neck; it is actually called "Head and Neck Dermatitis".

CAUSES FOR ECZEMA ON THE NECK

In cases of contact eczema, the neck is sometimes severely affected: for example, in cases of nickel contact allergy, wearing a costume jewelry necklace quickly causes eczema plaques. In the same way, in contact allergy caused by a nail polish ingredient, simply touching your neck with your hands can trigger an eczema flare-up.

Irritation is a major factor to take into account: wool scarves, tags, tight-necked clothing, shampoo running down the neck in the shower, etc. Opt for cotton or fleece scarves, cut tags, loosen shirt necks, and lean head backwards when washing hair.

The neck is a very accessible area that is easy to scratch, sometimes even without realizing. It is sometimes difficult to resist the urge to scratch the neck, but scratching only makes lesions worse.

TREATMENT FOR ECZEMA ON THE NECK

Treating eczema on the neck is the same as for the rest of the body; the topical corticosteroid is sometimes replaced by a topical immunosuppressant anti-inflammatory ointment because the skin is thin and fragile like facial skin. And don't forget to moisturize the neck with an emollient!